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Are you following the bread crumbs?

A decade before I wrote my first book, I was walking around the streets of New York. I’d gotten lost in the back streets of SOHO and was meandering along my way when I came across a big bookstore. In the large window display were a whole range of books on how to be a non-fiction writer. At this stage I hadn’t even dreamt of writing a book. But something about this display intrigued me. So I found the writing section, and before I knew what was happening, I was walking back on the ...

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Is it time to build your exit strategy?

If there were one hot topic that is coming up a lot in my coaching enquiries, women’s groups I lead and with Q&A’s after speaking gigs, it’s that of career change. To be more specific, I keep getting questions about how to build an effective exit strategy. In other words – can you please help me get the **** out of this career I hate?! And whilst it has been a consistent theme in my coaching practice over the past three years, it is definitely heightened at the ...

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She was blocking her own possibilities…..are you?

Picture this: A woman sits in front of me. She is amazing, but doesn’t fully realise it. We start talking. She has come to see me because she wants more for her career than what she is experiencing. Secretly, she actually wants more for her life. She feels stuck. Stifled. And more than a bit over it. We unpack what’s going on currently. Work. Home. Wellbeing. Life. And then, as the time passes, we go deeper. “If there were no limitations regarding time, money, commitments or ...

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The truth about becoming more confident

I was recording a bonus interview for the upcoming launch of The Career Toolkit program with a dear client yesterday. The topic was confidence. We were talking about her 26 year career journey and how confidence has impacted her throughout – both negatively and positively. It was a juicy and super helpful conversation that I know members will gain such great insight from. And right toward the end, she said the truth that all women need to hear, something that we had been working on and ...

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8 keys to mentoring success

Mentoring has been getting a bad rap over the past few years. As the battle to get and keep more women in leadership positions rages on, and endless versions of the same strategies and programs are tried with mixed results, mentoring seems to have been labeled as an old school strategy and no longer something that will contribute to cracking that proverbial glass above our heads (it’s so far beyond time for a new metaphor, how about an entire new paradigm?). When Sylvia Ann Hewlett published ...

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Quick & easy wins for your personal brand

Last week we looked at the path to building your personal brand. Hopefully you have thought about what you want to be known for, and are starting to work through what that might look like for you. There are two more important building blocks to the personal brand journey that will help you significantly as you piece this critical part of your career together.  The first is to get a really clear picture on your current personal brand. The best way to find out what people think is to ask. ...

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What do you want to be known for?

Ask yourself this question: Is your personal brand taking you to the places you want to go in your career? How do people see you at work? Perhaps you have a reputation as the problem solver, the organizer or the deal maker – but is it serving you well? One of the most important questions you can ask when building your personal brand and looking at what’s next for your career, is what do you want to be known for? Personal branding expert, William Arruda explains that your personal ...

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Stop doing this one thing and watch what happens

Let’s cut straight to it. I want to ask you to do one thing this week, consciously and intentionally, and watch what happens. Are you ready for it? This could be quite possibly be the most revolutionary thing you can do for your career. Here it is: Stop letting your desire to be liked drive your behaviour. In fact, get over your desire to be liked. Period. It has various flavours, this ‘being liked’ phenomenon. It’s a plague that shows up in so many ways, in so many ...

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Three keys to finding your purpose

We hear a lot of people talking about purpose. How you need to find your purpose, be on purpose, work and live with purpose. And I’m one of those people. Because it matters. It matters deeply. But so many people are walking through their lives with a greyness about them. No colour. Like ghosts living in the machine of their life. They may have given up on their purpose, discarded it in the trash one evening, thrown out with the dinner scraps. Or maybe, as is the case for so many, they never ...

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How you should ask for a pay rise

There is certainly a lot of discussion around at the moment about the gender pay gap. We know that women are paid 17.5% less than their male counterparts. We also know that women are less likely to ask for a pay rise than men. We think that if we keep our heads down and work hard that our work will speak for itself and we will be rewarded accordingly. We don’t want to appear pushy, and we don’t want to piss people off. And sometimes we are just plain scared to ask (it’s not easy, ...

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Three ways to start creating balance

I have recently started writing a career advice column for Women’s Agenda, the online destination for professional women. It’s called Ask Megan and each Tuesday I answer a question someone has sent in (please send in questions to [email protected], I would love to answer them for you). It is week 5 and there have been questions on leadership, career management, boundaries and a lot of questions on the age old problem most of us deal with – balance. As I know this is ...

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What happens when you stop striving?

I was with one of my long term coaching clients last week. She is a mover and shaker, runs a massive operations department for an important organisation. And she was having an epiphany. She was relaying some amazing things that had happened to her in the past month since we had our last session. A brilliant leadership program that was hotly contested landed ‘in her lap’, an overseas development program that she didn’t think she would be selected for came through, and her work ...

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